Sakura, cherry blossom park in spring tokyo

Traveling to Japan – 5 Travel Tips For An Unforgettable Journey

This post was last updated on February 1st, 2020 at 05:50 pm

Japan, the land of the rising sun, Samurai, delicious sushi, sake, and the famous sumo wrestlers. Everyone in the world seems to know something about this country. But as soon as you land, it is as if you are on another planet.


Prepare for a journey you’ll never forget in a versatile country where modern cities are interspersed with quiet, traditional villages! You can book different trips to Japan. Take a look at our 5 travel tips below for booking a beautiful holiday to Japan.


5 Travel Tips for a Holiday in Japan

Japan is not really close to other Asian countries. This makes it difficult to combine a long trip with other countries in Asia. Fortunately, there are professional travel agencies that organize impressive vacations or tours to Japan. You will see a lot of the country during a Japan trip. From the unique culture to the impressive nature and friendly people.


If you do not have the time and desire to arrange this yourself, you can book a Japan holiday with the help of a professional travel agency. Compare them well and see which one best suits your needs.


Why Spend Your Holiday in Japan?

Although you may not immediately associate Japan as a holiday destination, it is fine to do. The main reason that many people go on holiday to Japan is because of the beautiful culture. The old culture that you still encounter in some places in the country and history are fascinating subjects.


Toji Temple, a historical building and garden in Kyoto, Japan.
Toji Temple, a historical building and garden in Kyoto, Japan.


1. Book at the Right Time

It is never entirely clear when you should book a vacation now. One says as far in advance as possible, while the other calls out that you have to wait until the last moment. The truth will be somewhere in the middle. In general, it is better to book a Japan holiday early than to wait for cheap last minutes.


It is not always the case that prices fall just before departure. In fact, prices often only get more expensive. In addition, you often receive an early booking discount if you book in advance. And when you are planning a vacation, you often know well in advance when you want to leave. In addition, prices for Japan holidays are often the same regardless of the time you book. Last minutes apply more often to holidays to European countries. Not for Japan.


TIP – Your search history on the internet has no influence on the price of holidays (or airline tickets).


Image: Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in autumn
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in autumn


2. Avoid the high season

A Japan holiday in the high season is always more expensive than in the low or mid-season. That has to do with supply and demand. In the high season, more people want to go to Japan than in the mid-season. Now that is quite difficult in Japan because the high season in Japan does not have the best weather.


The high season in Japan is the months of April, May, and August. This has to do with Golden Week (early May), Obon (mid-August) and New Year’s. In these periods the prices go up fast. Not only for vacations but also in Japan itself. In addition, you have the cherry blossoms that bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April. In addition, “our” holiday months are extra expensive.


TIP – Prices for a holiday in Japan are the most expensive in June, July and August.


3. Book a Tour

You can compile a holiday in Japan yourself, book your ticket and arrange your accommodation. It can be cheaper to do it yourself, but certainly, for Japan, it can also be quite a lot of work. Traveling through Japan, one receipt at a time is not cheaper anyway. We speak from our own experience. Many Japanese go on holiday in their own country so the weekends can be extremely busy and expensive if you do not make reservations in advance.


A tour seems more expensive at first sight, but that is not always the case. Often during organized vacations, the tours, tickets, and accommodations are purchased with a discount in advance. In addition, customized tours can be made by travel organizations with a lot of experience in Japan. This makes your trip a unique experience.


Image: The famous Fushimi Inari Taisha gates in Tokyo
The famous Fushimi Inari Taisha gates in Tokyo


4. Think About Getting a Cancellation Insurance

That sounds a bit strange, and we don’t mean it in black and white either. However, it may pay to think carefully about whether or not to get cancellation insurance. We are NOT talking about travel insurance here, you should always get this.


At the end of the booking process, you sometimes have the choice of whether or not you want cancellation insurance on your trip. Think carefully for yourself if you want this. The more expensive your vacation is, the more expensive the cancellation insurance will be. For a trip to Japan it can be useful, but how big is the chance that you really won’t go?


5. Decide Carefully on What You Want

Japan is a huge country and one of the most versatile countries in the world. There is a lot to see in a relatively small space. The country offers beautiful nature, energetic cities, impressive culture, and delicious food. And then we haven’t even talked about the Japanese themselves.


Not every organized holiday is the same. One is mostly focused on beautiful temples, the other focuses on beautiful nature, and with another, you may visit the most beautiful islands. Therefore, think carefully in advance what you want to see during your trip. Often the “Best Of …” holidays are the most versatile. During these holidays you see most of the country and they combine the best highlights.


TIP – Some organizations organize information days about countries or continents. It can’t hurt to get some info from there.


Image: Beautiful scenery with blooming cherry blossoms (Sakura) in Tokyo
Beautiful scenery with blooming cherry blossoms (Sakura) in Tokyo


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